This Thursday, watch a live discussion between Antony Loewenstein, author of “Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe,” and Shadowproof’s Kevin Gosztola. Loewenstein’s recent appearance on RT’s “Going Underground” makes a great preview of what you can expect from their conversation:
Afshin Rattansi goes underground on disaster capitalism. Antony Loewenstein, journalist and author of “Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe” talks about the companies making a killing out of killing, from privatized detention centers to the arms companies benefiting from conflict. Plus how can you fight back against privatization.
Here’s a bit more about the book:
Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein travels across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, Greece, and Australia to witness the reality of disaster capitalism. He discovers how companies such as G4S, Serco, and Halliburton cash in on organized misery in a hidden world of privatized detention centers, militarized private security, aid profiteering, and destructive mining.
Disaster has become big business. Talking to immigrants stuck in limbo in Britain or visiting immigration centers in America, Loewenstein maps the secret networks formed to help corporations bleed what profits they can from economic crisis. He debates with Western contractors in Afghanistan, meets the locals in post-earthquake Haiti, and in Greece finds a country at the mercy of vulture profiteers. In Papua New Guinea, he sees a local community forced to rebel against predatory resource companies and NGOs.
What emerges through Loewenstein’s reporting is a dark history of multinational corporations that, with the aid of media and political elites, have grown more powerful than national governments. In the twenty-first century, the vulnerable have become the world’s most valuable commodity.